What are Pro Con Features of Initiatives Amendment?
The following table shows the principal Pro Con features of the Initiatives Amendment:
|1||It is an excellent return on investment and could save the taxpayers many billions of dollars every year.||Amending the constitution is long, arduous and could cost its supporters hundreds of millions of dollars.|
|2||Some moral and ethical issues are best resolved non-politically by the People because the issues are too politically controversial for Government to confront.||It is easier to let the Congress muddle through and the Supreme Court to add reinterpretations to the Constitution.|
|3||If after 10 or 20 years this Amendment does not meet expectations, the Electorate can repeal it (without a constitutional amendment).||It is a new amendment and it may not work as its proponents expect.|
|4||Because it can propose constitutional amendments as well as enact federal legislation, it will be an effective continuing check and balance on legislative loopholes, end-runs, and Government excesses.||Wealthy special interests groups and Congress are very clever and presistant; they often find ways around the rules to achieve their objectives.|
|5||It will involve issues of nationwide concern that will increase the level of Citizen participation and increase their obligation to make their decisions work.||There will be more election material to read and the responsibility for decisions cannot be blamed on representatives.|
|6||If the People take action, they control their destiny—in the American tradition of the great experiment in democracy. The simple right to propose initiatives can ease frustration.||The People believe Government excesses are really bad, but consider themselves helpless to affect change.|